Emily Dela Cruz

Emily Concepcion Dela Cruz

Saturday August 7, 1976 - Wednesday November 20, 2019
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Amateur Ballroom Dancer

Emily Conception Dela Cruz, 43 of Los Angeles, CA, passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Born in Orange, the daughter of Maria (Barroga) Dela Cruz and the late Elmo M. Dela Cruz, she lived in East Orange and San Francisco, CA prior to moving to Los Angeles 2 years ago.
Emily worked as an Escrow Assistant with WFG Title Company in Los Angeles. She was an amateur ballroom dancer who loved to perform, compete, and teach. She was a member of Dance Street California in Los Angeles, and Vima Dance Studio in San Francisco. Emily began her dance career in the 80s and 90s with the Folklorico Filipino Dance Company of New York.

Emily is survived by her loving mother, Maria (Barroga) Delacruz; her sisters, Cynthia Dela Cruz and Clarissa Rhodes; her nephew, Joseph Rhodes and her partner and longtime companion, Sedoris Ferguson.

The funeral will be Thursday, December 5, 2019 from the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, (, 267 Centre St., Nutley at 8:45 a.m.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Church in East Orange at 10 a.m.

The cremation services and entombment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover will be held privately.

Visitors will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a GoFundMe page.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home
    267 Centre Street
    NUTLEY, NJ 07110
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home
    267 Centre Street
    NUTLEY, NJ 07110
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 10:00am
    Holy Name of Jesus Church
    200 Midland Avenue
    EAST ORANGE, NJ 07107
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  • Interment

    Private Cremation


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Private Condolence

Amber Andrews Davis

Posted at 10:54pm
Please know that our family is lifting your entire family up in our prayers as you all remember and celebrate Emily's beautiful spirit. May her light continue to shine in each person she has touched throughout her life cut way too short. Cindy, I will always remember you, Emily, and your whole family from Holy Name Elementary School. Stay strong may God Bless you!
Amber & Family


Connie DelaCruz Posted at 11:54pm

Thank you, Amber. I’m glad you remember Emily. Please give our regards to your family.

Posted at 10:20am
Sending my love and strength to the family and letting Emily know that in the short 2 years we worked together she was a gem, I will miss you dear Emily and I know that you are dancing in heaven with your dad, thank you for all your dedication and hard work, until we meet again I love you!

Jenny, Scott, and Aidan Brown

Posted at 03:07pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. God bless.
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Bonnie O'Connell

Posted at 12:12pm
I have many wonderful memories of Emee, but my favorite memory of Emily and Sedoris is when they came to The Farm in Illinois. We did family photo's outside. It was a rainy summer and Sedoris kept picking Emily up and moving her so she didn't get her shoes dirty to pose for pictures. They were so adorable together. Afterward they were both on a Allis Chalmer tractor all dressed up. True Love Forever , Truly, Bonnie O'Connell (Sedoris-MOM)

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